Refractive lens exchange
What is Refractive Lens Exchange?
If you are 45 years or above refractive lens exchange could be the perfect solution to your frustration with your bifocal or varifocal glasses.
With refractive lens exchange, the natural lens inside your eye is replaced with an artificial one which means you will never get cataract. This option is preferred to laser eye surgery for patients of retirement age as early stages of cataracts are quite common. A refractive lens exchange is a great way for Dr. Arbabi to solve two vision problems. He can deal with any current or potential cataracts and at the same time give you natural distance and near vision without glasses.
Refractive lens exchange is used to treat
A common, age-related condition that often occurs after the age of 40, causing many people to require glasses for reading even if they never needed them before.
alternative to laser
If you are not suitable for laser eye surgery refractive lens exchange can be a very safe and effective alternative.
Premium lens implant technology
Dr. Arbabi has access to a full range of cutting-edge lens technologies from leading manufactures such as Zeiss, Alcon, Johnson & Johnson and man y others. This means you can receive highly individualised care and recommendations for the best lens implant for your lifestyle and your eyes. All of Dr. Arbabi’s lenses have a UV filter built in for added protection.
There are three main types of lens implants:
Trifocal multifocal lens
Extended depth of focus (EDOF) lenses
Standard Monofocal lenses
These lenses can only correct the vision for either near or distance. If you opt to correct your distance vision, then you will always need glasses for all near work. Compared to Multifocal and EDOF lenses they are less likely to cause glare or halos symptoms.
How is refractive lens exchange is done?
The surgery is almost identical to cataract surgery, but you will likely have an advanced multifocal lens implant rather than the standard monofocal lens implant.
Am I suitable for refractive lens exchange?
Take our online suitability test
30 Sec. Assessment
If you are over 45 years of age or have been told you are are not suitable for laser eye surgery, then refractive lens exchange could be a perfect solution for you to decrease or eliminate your need for glasses.
If you want to find out if you’re eligible for refractive lens exchange, you can take Dr. Arbabi’s online suitability test. Complete the assessment and have your results in just one minute.
If you’re not sure which treatment is best for you, you can take Dr. Arbabi’s 30-second assessment and find out now.
What to Expect
On the Day of Your Treatment
1. Warm welcome
2. Ensuring you are comfortable
3. Lens exchange
Dr. Arbabi uses the advance ultrasonic machine to remove your natural lens through a keyhole (2-3mm) incision and then implants the new lens inside the same membrane that held your original lens. After the procedure you will soon be ready to see the world in focus.
After the Treatment
1. What to Expect
2. Aftercare drops and advice
3. The future
You will be seen the next day and advised when you can resume normal activities. Most people can expect to return to office-based work within first 24 to 48h after surgery. You should be able to resume most sport activates within 1 to 2 weeks. In addition, as part of our unique service you will be given Dr Arbabi’s personal phone number to call or WhatsApp me directly if you had any concern or wanted to discuss anything about your procedure.
Dr Arbabi is a very kind, compassionate and highly recommended surgeon. He really puts patients at ease and help you through every step of your journey towards a better sight
Refractive Lens Exchange step by step answer to all your questions
The risks of refractive lens exchange are similar to laser cataract surgery. However, with multifocal and trifocal lenses and extended depth of focus lenses there is higher risk of glare, halos and night vision problems than from a monofocal lens implant. Also, if you are younger than a typical cataract patient there is a higher risk of retinal detachment.